August 2014 Convention
Chicago, IL

For Our Teachers 1

The first of three concerts honoring our flute teachers featured Nina Assimakopoulos, Adrianne Greenbaum, Sarah Frisof, and Jill Heyboer. Assimakopoulos opened, paying tribute to her teacher Peter Lloyd. She described how she was inspired by Lloyd’s discussion of tone color and thus choose to perform a piano/flute version of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, demonstrating a wide range of colors and dynamics with silky-smooth tone and graceful style.

Sarah Frisof, Nina Assimakopoulos, Adrianne Greenbaum, and Jill Heyboer

Decked out in a French-inspired pink beret-style hat and matching shoulder shawl, Greenbaum began playing her Chris Norman baroque flute before reaching the stage—a fun and appropriate “prelude” to the Hotteterre/Boismortier Prelude in honor of her teacher  Robert Willoughby, who taught her to “dance around the room…or at least dance in your mind!”

Frisof’s performance of the Gaubert Fantasie was beautifully played, exhibiting a lovely tone and impeccable technique and finesse. She expressed deep gratitude to her teacher Bonita Boyd, who was “fully present in every lesson, giving 100 percent as a teacher.”

The concert concluded with Gaubert’s Sonata No. 3, performed by Jill Heyboer in tribute to her teacher Richard Sherman, who loved French music. Her lessons consisted of playing through a lot of the French repertoire, often joined by Sherman at the piano.

I thoroughly enjoyed this recital and found it a delightful way to highlight the convention’s overall theme of Perform, Inspire, Educate!

—Rosene Rohrer

photo by Rosene Rohrer